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AASD to update surveillance storage capacity at schools

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To protect video evidence of bullying, the Altoona Area School Board is set to upgrade the middle school and high school surveillance video storage capacity from seven days to 30 days during the 2017-18 school year. Superintendent Charles Prijatelj said a new DVR system would cost $18,000 and ...

Rain garden project moving along in city near church

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The rocks are heavy and the machine looks clunky, but under the guidance of Ron Kurtz, the handling of those rocks is deft — even delicate. Kurtz, a foreman, site superintendent and self-professed jack-of-all-trades for G&R Excavating, has been working alone to create Phase 1 of a ...

Group: Altoona ready to leave Act 47

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Altoona is ready to leave the state’s Act 47 distressed municipalities program at the end of the year, as state law dictates and as city officials hoped from the beginning, according to a representative of the city’s Act 47 coordinator team who visited Wednesday. “Conditions within the ...

Blue Knob resort sold

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CLAYSBURG — Blue Knob All Seasons Resort has a new owner. According to documents filed in both Blair and Bedford counties, the resort has been sold to Sustainable Hospitality & Development LP, 302 Grant St., Suite 3440, Pittsburgh. The transaction is comprised of nine deeds — five ...

Police: Residents near homicide site face no immediate threat

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State police said there appears to be no immediate threat to southern Bedford County residents, as the family of a man killed there Saturday prepared for his funeral in Maryland. On Wednesday, state police Public Information Officer Jeff Petucci said troopers are still investigating the ...

Wolf says he’s optimistic about state revenue deal

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HARRISBURG — Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf said Wednesday he was optimistic about getting a good budget agreement and that his administration was acting legally in waving through a budget that lacked the tax collections to sustain it for the entire fiscal year, the second time in two years. This ...

Blair considers categories for housing improvements

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County has accumulated $342,047 in a trust fund to help county residents find or keep affordable housing, an effort which may need to fall into one of three categories for future funding. Commissioners have received a recommendation from an advisory board suggesting ...

Supervisor voices support for pipeline reversal project

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DUNCANSVILLE — It’s American gasoline, diesel and jet fuel that would flow to Altoona through the Laurel Pipeline if Buckeye Partners LP gets approval to reverse its refined product flow, and that’s a good thing because it could mean lower gas prices, said Blair Township Supervisor Palmer ...

Tyrone Borough seeks candidates for council

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TYRONE — Borough Council this week issued a call for candidates for the council seat left vacant when Councilman Bill Latchford became mayor in May. Council formally announced the vacancy last month. Qualified residents must get a letter of interest to the borough secretary by the end of ...

Area briefs

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MAHAFFEY More deer found with wasting disease The Pennsylvania Game Commission says chronic wasting disease has spread to free-ranging deer in an area of the commonwealth whether it was earlier only found in captive deer. The commission said a free-ranging whitetail buck in Clearfield ...

Center weighs hotel legality

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The authority responsible for operating the Blair County Convention Center has directed its solicitor to research the legal issues that could surface if the authority wants to play a role in developing more on-site lodging. The authority approved the initiative Wednesday to be handled by ...

State police to watch for distracted drivers

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Pennsylvania State Police will be out on the roads looking for distracted, impaired and aggressive drivers. As part of its “6 State Trooper Project,” troopers will be out Sunday through July 22 to raise awareness about reckless and careless driving associated with ...

Three charged by Altoona police for 2013 homicide

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Three people have been in charged in the 2013 killing of an Altoona man. Taylor Griffith, 27, of Hollidaysburg, along with Kashif Omar Ellis, 31, and Qasim L Sheriff Green, 23, were charged this morning by Altoona police with charges that include conspiracy and criminal homicide in the 2013 ...

Births

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June 30, 2017 Colton Johnathan Proudfit, a son born to Summer (Park) and Todd Proudfit, Cresson, at UPMC Altoona at 4:54 p.m. July 1, 2017 Bella Lynn Hoover, a daughter born to Meghan Christofic and James Hoover, Altoona, at Conemaugh Nason Medical Center, Roaring Spring, at 11:55 ...

Texts cause stir

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DUNCANSVILLE — Post-primary text messages sent by a part-time borough police officer to the former mayor have ignited a controversy and an appeal from council President Cynthia Blontz for the bickering to stop. “I’m sorry it even happened,” Blontz said at Monday night’s council ...

Family of eight homeless

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Three houses were damaged by fire Tuesday in Altoona, leaving a family of eight without a home. “We were downstairs watching TV. I didn’t even know it was burning,” said the homeowner of 324 Spruce Ave. after city firefighters put out the afternoon blaze that spread to the houses next ...

PSU frat attorneys try to find case’s holes

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BELLEFONTE — Lawyers for members of a Penn State fraternity who face charges in the death of a pledge spent much of a daylong preliminary hearing Tuesday focusing on what their clients didn’t do the night Tim Piazza was injured. A third full day of testimony by the lead detective ended ...

Pharmacies to receive drug deactivation pouches

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Pouches able to render unused opioid drugs useless soon will be available in area pharmacies in an effort quell a drug addiction epidemic, state Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced Tuesday. The Attorney General’s Office — through its Community Drug Abuse Prevention Program — is to ...

Tyrone digesting all the facts

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TYRONE — Borough Council this week authorized its solicitor to draw up an ordinance for a standing committee whose first task would be evaluating whether to install an anaerobic sludge digester at the borough sewer plant. A digester would take sludge produced by the plant — or other ...

Heroin distributors plead guilty

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Three Philadelphia area men arrested in Altoona more than a year ago with 2,600 packets of heroin will serve time in state prison, possibly in its motivational boot camp program, then spend years on probation. Dontei “Alonzo” Taylor, 20; William Wingate III, 24; and ...